Columbus was a small place when my eyes first beheld it in 1822. It contained
about 150 inhabitants. Main Street presented quite a different appearance from the present; only a few scattering houses. On the south side at the west end, there was a large house composed of four rooms in each story, with a cross passage through the center each direction; this stood on the point of the hill. It was occupied by the venerable Judge Cocke, who called it "the big pile of logs."
This is where Grandma Sims died in 1820 and is the site of the
present Tennessee Williams Welcome Center.